Aotearoa New Zealand’s national writers centre supports and develops diverse New Zealand writers and writing.

Michael King - his ability to marry lucid writing, humour, curiosity and tolerance with a scholar's precision and intensity gave him the title 'the people's historian'

MICHAEL KING (1945 - 2004)
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The Michael King Writers Centre is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national writers’ facility and literary centre. We support New Zealand writers and promote the development of high-quality New Zealand writing.

The centre is based in the historic Signalman’s House on the slopes of Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland.

We have a programme of supported residencies for New Zealand writers and offer low-cost accommodation for visiting writers. We also offer specialist workshops and occasional literary events.

The centre will host 17 supported writers’ residencies in 2024. To date over 150 New Zealand writers have held residencies at the centre since it opened in 2005 and up to 30 visiting writers stay each year. We welcome and encourage applications from both emerging and established writers from throughout Aotearoa.

The centre is run by a charitable trust registered with the Charities Commission.

Writers in Residence 2024